LR prices went up next year

ReelDealAngler

Born To Fish
Apr 21, 2013
652
350
Dana Point,CA
Name
Garry
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Reel Estate
I actually disagree with this. LR fishing is absolutely the most bang for your buck of pretty much any type of fishing. Average around $300/day, food and lodging included, more hours/day fishing, limited load trips(compared with open party one day trips), chances at world class fishing. Most of us prefer to own our own gear but you can use the loaner or rental gear and do fine. Compare this to any charter operation on either coast. Owning your own boat can be even more. The only trips I can think of that are less expensive are the mothership trips out of San Felipe.

I think if you add up all the additional costs for fuel surcharge (now added to the published fare price), Mexican permit/fee, parking, crew tip (15% in my case), fish processing, galley tab, jackpot entry, etc. you are going to be more than $300 per day on one of the premier boats. But with that said, LR fishing is still a good value in my book as the size/quality/abundance of game fish regularly caught is much better than local fishing, and if you have ever owned a larger boat/yacht like my family has you know first hand how expensive they are to operate and maintain... as the great comedian and late night show host Johnny Carson once said: "The happiest day of my life was the day I got my new sea going boat... and the second happiest day of my life was the day I sold it!" Boats are nothing more than a hole in the water that you continue to pour money into, salt water is very corrosive and true saltwater anglers know this fact very well. Its the never ending, expensive maintenance that holds most folks back from owning a sea going vessel for any length of time. You also have serious fuel costs to consider in the LR equation while traveling longer distances to more productive grounds, and the cost of that essential element just keeps going higher and higher with no real end in sight. So I agree with you that LR fishing provides a lot of bang for your buck, but it is an expensive sport to participate in for most folks was my thought, especially in a down economy where many are working harder and longer these days to make less net money than they did 3 years ago.

Tight lines and blue skies!
 

Gamefighter

I just need one...more!
Sep 12, 2011
21
6
Boulder, CO
Name
Valerie
Boat
any that I'm welcome on!
There are only a few numbers that actually matter in fishing: (1) The number of days till your next trip and (2)...well, I guess that's it...and if I counted correctly, that would be 59 for me!
My point is: I'm going. Nothing else matters*. Just tell me where to sign. ...Oh, and of course that means I need to (a) start stacking shit up at various places throughout the house so as to simulate packing, and (b) buy more shit! buy more shit! buy more shit! And that's all that matters.

*Hetfield/Ulrich, Metallica (1991).
 

Lake

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Mar 31, 2003
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Visalia, CA
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Blaine Lake
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none
Where you finding $300 a day? Most are $400 a day+ nowadays just to get on, not counting permits, tip, possible fuel surcharge... I'm figuring the 4 day I'm going on next week is going to cost $450+ a day, not counting gear I've bought or fish cleaning.
Just went through most of the major boats' schedules. Most are around $300/day give or take a little. Those shorter summer trips are more. Some limited loads are more. A couple of the boats are pushing toward $400/day but if it is all inclusive I still consider that a good deal.

I have driven down to baja, although jot those spots. 1/4 of the price is a little exaggeration unless you're camping and bringing your own food, or bringing your own boat, but that has its own extra costs.
 

prater

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Oct 16, 2007
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lake havasu city, AZ
Name
michael
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luhrs 30 open, "Arms Wide Open"
Offshore fishing is an EXTREMELY expensive sport. The average boat in a slip costs around $1000/ft/year over a ten year period if maintained correctly, and I'm talking about just the boat. Not gas, not crew, not fishing toys, not bait, not the parking. Just boat maintenance and slip. If you don't maintain it correctly, it will become a POS in the saltwater. Both of my current boats are 8 years old, and I find this number to be spot-on. So, if you can't afford your own boat, go on a sport boat. If you can't afford a sport boat, fish from the pier or the shore or Buddy Boat until you can afford it. And if you can't afford to fish from a pier or the shore, I hope things turn around for you. And if you get Obama to pay for it, that's where I draw the line and will finally be fed up enough to fight.
 

spinner

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Dec 2, 2007
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irvine
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mikegooing
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none
the cost of the trip is minor compared to the cost of being gone for 2 weeks. this is on multiple levels.gooooooooing
 

ReelDealAngler

Born To Fish
Apr 21, 2013
652
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Dana Point,CA
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Garry
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Reel Estate
the cost of the trip is minor compared to the cost of being gone for 2 weeks. this is on multiple levels.gooooooooing
So true and one of the primary reasons I have not fished the 1/2 month long cow or bust trips that are popular and generally more productive on the cow tuna catching end (have had to do the PV gig without the long slow boat ride to cow town and back over the past 5 years), will eventually get there as far as that 15-17 day LR fishing trip goes as I have the funds and needed equipment, just cannot get away from work and other obligations for 2 straight weeks... but with the advent of internet service on the premier boats these days I have been thinking that for us still working day to day in the competitive business world now stand a better chance a pulling off a 1/2 month fishing trip while still fulfilling other planned vacations and outings with our significant other, family members, clients and business associates.
 

Soda Pop

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Feb 12, 2011
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Fresno, CA
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David Rouse
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Long range fishing
Dam I better work hard to collect more cans. I have (5) 15 day trips booked for the 2013-2014. Oct-Feb-March-April-May. And a 13 day in Nov.
Well at least no worries about gas surcharge on the boat I ride. And its been that way. None of the more money crap when I arrive. Just hop on and go.
 

Loudmusic

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Nov 15, 2011
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Phoenix, Az USA
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Ryan
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Fish From Shore
Dam I better work hard to collect more cans. I have (5) 15 day trips booked for the 2013-2014. Oct-Feb-March-April-May. And a 13 day in Nov.
Well at least no worries about gas surcharge on the boat I ride. And its been that way. None of the more money crap when I arrive. Just hop on and go.
....but does that price include Spotted Planes?
 

jsl

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Oct 8, 2005
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Ontario
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Scott
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none
Just went through most of the major boats' schedules. Most are around $300/day give or take a little. Those shorter summer trips are more. Some limited loads are more. A couple of the boats are pushing toward $400/day but if it is all inclusive I still consider that a good deal.

I have driven down to baja, although jot those spots. 1/4 of the price is a little exaggeration unless you're camping and bringing your own food, or bringing your own boat, but that has its own extra costs.
I fish mainly Baja because of the cost compared to LR. I do about 10-14 Baja trips a year and only one LR trip a year on average. When it's all said and done, an 8 day trip ends up costing around 3k while a drive down trip to Baja costs around $600 bucks. You can jump on a panga for $200 a day and motels charge around $35 a night. grab a few buddies and split the costs.

Scott
 

pele

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May 20, 2009
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Ventura
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ken
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I found out the hard way about boats
I fish mainly Baja because of the cost compared to LR. I do about 10-14 Baja trips a year and only one LR trip a year on average. When it's all said and done, an 8 day trip ends up costing around 3k while a drive down trip to Baja costs around $600 bucks. You can jump on a panga for $200 a day and motels charge around $35 a night. grab a few buddies and split the costs.

Scott
Thats what I'm sayin'.
 

hucklongfin

Deep release specialist
Jul 3, 2003
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Mission Viejo
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MarkT
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Blazer Bay 1860
I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon. Everything costs more than it used to and I haven't had a raise in 3 years... Get over it.
 

witcohe

Newbie
Sep 16, 2009
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Los Angeles
Name
Sam
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mikelson
Maybe your right. I also remember when everybody was mad at W. and blamed him for high gas prices. So if there was a temporary drop in fuel in 09 I guess those were the good old days lol...I remember when premium for my mustang in 98 broke over $2 a gallon and I though what the F---

EDIT> I stand corrected. I just looked at my old receipts from taxes in 05 / 06. Diesel was in the mid and upper 2's....So now I ask how the F did fuel get so expensive...Thanks a lot Obama administration.
The economy tanked in '08, bottoming in '09. When you're not driving, shipping, or manufacturing, you're also not using fuel. Lots of supply, low demand = low prices. The economy got better (yeah, I know, it's still not great). But demand perked up. Luckily, supply has increased too or we'd be paying $5 a gallon right now. Good 'ol days for $2 gas, but folks weren't driving much back then because they couldn't even afford that.

Do you also blame Obama for the drop in fuel prices in '09 (he was elected in '08 and sworn in late January '09)? Lots of stuff to blame him for. Fuel prices, not so much.
 

CMY SIX

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Feb 5, 2011
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Opelika Al USA
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quinn
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exel last, next?
and we tip 30 -50% right?:rofl:

Sorry I had too. I can vouch tips accommodate for more of the income then the paycheck and it still shakes out to like a $10 an hour job lol.
Yea right, last deckhand I talked to had a house in SD and spent the winters in Tahoe as a snowboard instructor